Chasing Sunsets at Cafe Infinite

The last time I went to an overlooking cafe was when I featured a cafe in Tanay for Kape Tayo, Rizal, which seemed so long ago. Just imagine my excitement when I learned from my friend who recommended Cafe Infinite that one of its features is a generous view of the sunset.

How to Go to Cafe Infinite

Ride any Binangonan Highway or Binangonan-Angono jeep. Better to ride the Binangonan Highway jeep since you will immediately notice the steep road that seems to lead to the higher parts of Angono. If you ride the latter, go down at Iglesia ni Cristo and then go to the other side of the triangle road.

There are tricycles there that could lead you to Cafe Infinite, but since some drivers don’t know the name of the cafe itself, just mention “the cafe by Don Mariano Santos Ave.” Do not rely too much on Google Maps and prefer to be on a lookout for Cafe Infinite on the other side of the road since their location in Google Maps seem to be their former location.

For commuters like me, I suggest that you arrive at four and then leave at six since the tricycles at night are quite rare.

What to Expect in Cafe Infinite

Cafe Infinite is also a roadside cafe, meaning cyclists—especially those who like steep roads, also called ahon—are welcome. It is open 24/7, which makes it an ideal cafe for those who take on random adventures, whether they would like to catch the sunrise, have a coffee break during a noon joyride, enjoy the warm hues of the sunset, or be sentimental and romantic under the stars.

The cafe has two parts—the part where the baristas are and another part set lower than the ground level. Since the tables on the roadside part were already taken, I chose to stay in the lower part of the cafe where I was able to enjoy my food and the sunset alone. At least I was able to pose without shame; I didn’t even need a filter to achieve that golden hues.

The images above show what Cafe Infinite looks at night. Indeed, very “instagrammable.”

You just have to be updated with the weather during the day. In my case, I was just glad that I was able to hail a tricycle before the heavy rain fell.

What to Eat in Cafe Infinite

I ordered their best-selling tapsilog (PhP 149), cheese fries (PhP 69), and macademia nut latte (PhP 89). The sauce of their tapsilog was sweet, but the meat itself was quite hard to chew. But I highly recommend their macademia nut latte and cheese fries. This pair gave me a good time as I watched the sunset.

Learn more about my filterless experience in Cafe Infinite through my post in Kape Tayo, Rizal.

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Cafe Infinite
Open 24/7
Don Mariano Santos Ave., Angono, Rizal

Cafe Dela Paz: An Indoor Garden Cafe in Angono

Cafe Dela Paz first caught my attention when I was on my way home from Trabi Cafe. I remember how the lights inside the coffee shop had my head turned, and from there, I told myself that this would be the cafe I will first feature for Angono as part of my passion project.

How to Go to Cafe Dela Paz

From any point in Ortigas Avenue Extension, ride a jeep going to Angono. Use Google Maps to determine if you are already nearby Cafe Dela Paz.

What to Expect in Cafe Dela Paz

If you are looking for a cafe with a rustic vibe, then I highly recommend Cafe Dela Paz. Plant decors surround the venue, creating a homey feel. It’s more of a cafe for hanging out than a coffice since plugs their sockets are already reserved for the cafe’s appliances.

And yes, it’s a nook cafe. Like all other nook cafes, a huge mirror—perfect for taking your selfies—covers a large part of their right wall to make the venue look larger.

What to Eat in Cafe Dela Paz

Their food is superb. For my coffee, I ordered a large caramel macchiato (PhP 145). For my meal, got their tuyo aglio olio with three pieces garlic parmesan wings (PhP 199), which I highly recommend. This is definitely now part of my favorites list.

I also ordered their walnut carrot cake (PhP 105). I’m not sure what I was thinking when I was already full, but this carrot cake was sure perfect as merienda.

For more information, visit this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

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Cafe Dela Paz
0119 Quezon Ave, Angono, Rizal
Tuesday to Thursday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday to Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Ups and Downs of Visiting Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Café 360º

Note: This post has been in my drafts for a long time now (since February, imagine), and I was planning to publish this once the pandemic is over. However, realizing that the PH government prioritizes silencing their critics over flattening the curve, I have decided to post this today before I forget that I have this in my drafts.

Update: Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Cafe are open for visitors, but they do not entertain walk-ins. You have to book a visit and preorder your food. Since jeepneys are not allowed to operate yet, you can only go there if you have your own car.

Aside from mountains and nature reserves, Rizal is also known for its art galleries. Popular ones are in Antipolo and Angono, but there is also one in Binangonan called Art Sector Gallery, which I went to visit last February 2020.

How to Go to Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Café 360º

From Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall or Junction, Cainta, ride a Binangonan Highway jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Scrapyard Cafe and Restaurant. From there, tricycles lined up beside 7-Eleven can bring you to Art Sector Gallery (drivers asks for Php 200–300), but you can also hire a motorcycle taxi service like Angkas (I was lucky to get one), which only costs Php 70. Beware, however, as the GPS won’t point at the exact location. Better follow the guard’s instructions, or look for an eye-catching white building.

We left at around 6:30 p.m, fearing that we wouldn’t find a ride home. True enough, there were only habal-habal services (Php 75), which dropped us off at a tricycle terminal. It was a scary experience because the path downhill was steep, and there were three of us riding the motorcycle (including the driver).

The ride from the terminal to Angono Highway costs Php 10.

What to Expect in Art Sector Gallery

Even before entering the gallery, you will be greeted by a breathtaking view of Laguna Lake. I suggest you come at 3:00 p.m. if you want to take solo pictures at this spot.

Since we went on a Friday, we paid Php 125 to enter. There were only a few paintings, some even familiar; I think I’ve seen similar themes in Pinto Art Museum. My favorite is entitled Jae by Arnica Acantilado, which is hung on one of the walls of the second floor. (I wonder if it’s the name of the dog.)

The white-painted gallery accentuated with black borders strongly reminded me of Pinto Art. What made it different, however, was it had a venue to view the stunning sunset. Pak na pak ang golden hour.

What to Eat at Chimney Café 360º

I wasn’t able to take note of how much each dish was, but I remember paying Php 700 for all of these. The thin-crust pizza was okay, a 7/10. The mango shake (or was it a frappe?) and the pasta need improvements, however.

Things got disappointing when the cashier wanted to charge us with another service fee because we wanted to order more. Often when you order another dish, they’ll just add it to your current bill, right? So you’ll be charged with service fee once. But it wasn’t that way at Chimney Cafe; according to the cashier, “Ibang resibo na kasi.” I asked why they wouldn’t just include my supposed additional order to my first receipt, but he said, “Di po talaga puwede.” Hindi ko sigurado kung dahil ayaw niya ng erasures, o talagang gano’n ang patakaran nila.

In the end, I just decided not to order again. Can anyone clarify if this is okay? This ruined the experience for me, but I would still recommend going there for an astonishing sunset view.

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Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Café 360º
3:30–10:00 p.m.; 4:00–9:00 p.m. (cafe)
Lot 18 Block 178 Eastridge Executive Village, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal